Daily Inspiration #144 by Reza Rostampisheh

Hey guys! Here is a great Daily Inspiration from Reza Rostampisheh who sends these images from Iran. He shot with an Olympus E-P2 and kit zoom. Goes to show once again how great that little camera is! Enjoy! – Steve

Dear Steve,

My name is Reza and I live in Iran, I came across to your website during reading reviews on EP-2, cannot deny that your through review left me with no choice but buying the camera, and since then I’m a regular visitor.

I started photography with my Dad’s old Nikon F2s in my teenage years and had the chance to enjoy the Nikon 55mm F1.2. Then I fell in love with the Leica Digilux 1 and continued shooting pictures as a hobby since 2002. I still love my Digilux but I had to move on and step into DSLR and develop my skills, the M4/3 format gave me the chance to benefit from my old Nikon MF lenses using a Nikon G adapter. Anyhow here are some recent shots I took during a one day trip to Dizin Ski Resort near Tehran. Hope you find them interesting enough to put in the daily inspiration.

All pictures taken with E-P2 and 14-42mm Kit lens and processed in Lightroom.

My photoblog is http://rezarp.wordpress.com


  1. Great pics!! Do you think that an E- PL1 could be as good as a E-P2 to start with this new format? Same kit of course.

  2. Wow. Like all 3 pics. Could you tell us something about your Lightroom processing? I am very interested, because I use the E-P1. Do you change often camera settings like picture mode, sharpness, contrast, gradation or saturation? Or RAW from the cam and then a lot of LR processing?
    Enjoyed your Blog. Keep it up!

    • Thanks for the nice words, about the PP, usually I don’t change any camera settings and just take the Raw into Lightroom. For me It’s all about the colors, saturation and luminosity, tonal curves are a great tool to process shadows/highlights. for the above pictures I didn’t do any spot edit. The more you learn about digital colors and channels the more you can benefit from post edit tools.

      • Thank you for your answer. The possibilities of LR & Aperture are confusing. So far I tried only presets and played with some of the controllers. I have to train the use of those controllers. It is difficult not to go over the top.
        By the way did you learn editing by a book, seminar or just trial and error?

        • Actually I have a background in graphic & web Design and during those years I learned a lot about color editing and Channels in PS, it’s not rocket science 😉 try finding some books on how digital pictures are constructed.

  3. You have to wonder why the images here attract a lot less posters than on some other contributions on this blog. It’s the old apparatus vs images battle I guess (in which I participate every now and then…).

    These images are, in my view, what photography is all about, regardless of equipment.

    • If you’d said they were shot on an M9 with a 35 Summilux ASPH these pictures would have 90 comments by now.

      I wonder if it isn’t all about consumerism and brand worship, as opposed to photography.

      • I thought these were amazing photos and goes to show you do not need a Leica to get really great photographs. I love the little Oly’s but these also show the skill of the photographer. Great great images here! On the other hand, most Daily Inspiration posts get only a few comments. This one has had 17 so far.

  4. beautiful images, All 3 are fantastic.
    classy and full of character. There is so much texture in all 3 images.
    wish you had included a few more.

  5. These shots are beautiful! I recognize the E-P2 “signature”. I sold mine last week 🙁

    Thanks for submitting these!

      • Hi Elaine! I liked it, a lot, though I had some “ergonomics” quibbles with it.

        I sold it mostly because I wanted to rationalize my array of cameras; it’s just the D700 with three Zeiss primes and the FM2 with a few old Nikkor Ai-s primes now. I shoot mostly with the D700, treating it as a small and portable camera. I love that camera; it’s such a good piece of kit!

        On my Facebook page you’ll see what I’m doing with it, every now and then.

  6. 🙂 … love the third one really, and his homepage too! It´s a pity I had to sell my M4/3 …

    Best wishes, George

  7. Great photos. I really like the last one as a single shot but the set of all three tells a great story about the landscape, the people, and what they do.

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